Engineering Towers | Elementary School Educator Curriculum
Artist, Scientist, Engineer
Look at art through the eyes of a scientist and engineer.
After exploring the world of art, students combine art with STEM to create STEAM. Students will learn first hand how differing careers and fields work together to create a finished product – a tower.
OBJECTIVE: Learners will explore how STEAM is one.
- Look at the 3 main fields, Artist, Scientist and Engineer.
- Discuss what each field represents.
- Discuss how they are related through art. Why are science and engineering important to artists?
- Why might it be important for a sculptor to think like a scientist at times?
- Why might it be important for a scientist to think like an engineer at times?
Artist, Scientist, & Engineer Descriptions
Artist: Artists attempt to understand the world and themselves in it through a creative process. They create works in a variety of mediums (painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, installations and performance art). They use a creative process that allows them to explore and express ideas and feelings. Artists envision their works and use engineering and knowledge of materials to bring their vision to reality.
Scientist: Scientists attempt to understand the natural world through objective observation and systematic investigation. Their system of learning is called the scientific method, where they create hypothesis and test them with experiment they design. Scientists create models and theories based on their findings that they continue to test and improve
Engineer: Engineers use their understanding of the world to solve problems. They study the problems they want to solve, imagine solutions, and then create and test designs that they revise until they solve their problems. Engineers design new materials, design structure and machines, and they design systems to produce things more efficiently
Project 10 Lever Experiment
Explore the concepts of balance and symmetry and how they relate to tower construction.
Project 11 The Language of Form
Experiment with 3D space by exploring the various attributes of aesthetic form.
Project 12 Drawing of Group Design
Reflect on the concept of group design and how it impacts the design process.
Project 14 Team Plan and Task Assignments
Share the wealth by assigning tasks for learners to complete their projects.
Project 15 Building Our Tower
Devise a method of reflecting on the engineering process through the use of journaling.
Project 16 Earthquake Table Test
Devise an experiment to test the structural soundness of their tower design.